Larger apex court bench should review Loya ruling: Congress

SC dismisses plea for SIT probe in Judge Loya case

Loya Case: Rahul Corners Amit Shah

Without directly referring to the Supreme Court ruling in the Justice Loya case, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi targeted BJP president Amit Shah with this succinct remark: "the truth has its own way of catching up with people like him". The investigation was done professionally by the Nagpur Police and all the evidence was presented in court, he said. It has "left many questions unanswered", said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.

The Supreme Court on Thursday expressed concern over the manner in which advocate Prashant Bhushan has acted with a "lack of objectivity" and his assertions have bordered on an attempt to "misrepresent the facts and mislead the court".

The judgement said there was "no reason to doubt the statements of sitting judges" and the intent of the petitioners had been to "malign the judiciary".

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His death raised questions from certain quarters about the possibility of a foul play. "He is the foremost cardiologist in the country and we also spoke to other cardiologists and they uniformly opined that the ECG and pathology report showed no signs of a heart attack", Bhushan said. The bench observed that the petitioners tried to scandalise the judiciary. "Political rivalries have to be resolved in the great hall of democracy when the electorate votes its representatives in and out of office...there is a danger that judicial process will be reduced to a charade if disputes beyond the ken of legal parameters occupy judicial space". However, the court said that it was not initiating civil contempt against the petitioner for scandalising the judiciary. "And we will follow journalistically the qns [questions] that continue to puzzle the circumstances of Judge Loya's death", he said.

Loya, who was hearing the high-profile Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, had died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on December 1, 2014 when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleagues daughter.

"The Supreme Court has also cautioned against the misuse of courts in political tug-of-war", he added. He said, "The real face of Congress Party and Rahul Gandhi has been exposed".

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A batch of pleas, including those filed by Congress leader Tehseen Poonawala and Maharashtra-based B S Lone, was filed in the top court seeking an independent probe into Loya's death in 2014.

Holding that there was absolutely no merit in the petition, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, said that Judge Loya had met a natural death.

January 12: SC terms "serious matter" the alleged mysterious death of Loya, seeks response from Maharashtra government. But to take a leap of reason, based on nothing else but political motive, and implicating BJP president Amit Shah as being behind Loya's "murder" is to leave the woodwork of the courts and enter the paperback of crime thrillers.

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The apex court on Thursday dismissed a petition seeking SIT probe into the death of Judge Loya who was earlier holding trial in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh staged shoot-out case.

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